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Kelowna Employers Ready, Willing & Able to hire people with autism and developmental disabilities

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News Release: An exciting new campaign aimed at increasing the employment rate of people with autism and developmental disabilities is coming to Kelowna. Ready, Willing & Able is hosting a breakfast for Kelowna employers interested in diversifying their workplace.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kelowna, B.C., May 13, 2015 - An exciting new campaign aimed at increasing the employment rate of people with autism and developmental disabilities is coming to Kelowna. Ready, Willing & Able is hosting a breakfast for Kelowna employers interested in diversifying their workplace.

The Ready, Willing & Able breakfast at the Coast Capri Hotel slated for May 21 is co-hosted by Inclusion BC, the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) and CASDA (the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance) and will feature opening remarks from Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. This group has partnered with local agencies such as Pathways Abilities Society, Tier Support Services, Work BC and Kelowna Community Resources to feature local employer champions who will share their stories with local interested employers.

Zoey Baer is one of those Kelowna residents who is Ready, Willing & Able to work. Zoey is looking for work after the recent closure of Target put her out of a job. She is hoping a new employer will see her abilities and the benefits she brings to the workplace.

Zoey says, “I’m a hard worker and I got along with everyone at Target. I always went the extra mile and I was never late. People with disabilities want to work. I would rather go to work than go to the beach, even on sunny days like today.”

Says Kathleen Moir, Inclusion BC Director of Employment Initiatives, “BC has a huge resource of Ready Willing & Able workers, but we need to open both the minds and doors of more employers. This campaign will show them ways to make their workplace more inclusive and improve their bottom line at the same time. Everyone wins.”

Statistics indicate there are approximately 60,000 working-age adults with developmental disabilities in B.C. Moir points to reports that demonstrate employees with intellectual disabilities can enhance the quality of a business, while rate of employee turnover, medical costs and incidence rates are all significantly lower compared with industry averages.

Details of the employer-focused, invite-only event, May 21 from 8-9am, are available at  http://www.inclusionbc.org/ready-willing-and-able

Contact:

Danielle Kelliher
dkelliher@inclusionbc.org
604-777-9100 ext. 527